And I've spent more than a few late evenings with John David Montgomery, the head bartender at the Under the Hill Saloon.
Last night, my friends and I enjoyed another sit-down visit with JD. Besides speaking of his love for unfiltered olive oil, he told us to remember an old proverb (perhaps from the book of Proverbs, perhaps not) which said to never throw out your old wine for new wine.
"Your old friends are the ones that are best for you," he said. "Don't forget about them just because something new comes along."
Got my good luck chow on early with a trip New Year's Eve to Faye's BBQ in Sylacauga. However, the collard greens, black eyed peas, and chopped barbecue pork played supporting roles to my heaping helping of fried and boiled chitlins. Or, as Miss Faye correctly calls them on her menu, "chitterlings."
Confession: I didn't finish the chitlins. If you've had them, you know a little goes a long way. But if you haven't, slide off Hwy 280 the next time you're south of Birmingham, and give them a try.
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